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Bariatric Surgery Fails to Shrink Healthcare Costs
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A study that differed dramatically with prior research of its kind has found that gastric bypass operations did not lower healthcare costs in the three years after surgery, at least in a cohort of older male patients in the Veterans Affairs Medical System, although they did save lives.

“Given that prior studies have shown lower (healthcare) cost reductions for patients who underwent bariatric surgery, I think we were quite surprised,” says principal author, Matthew Maciejewski, of the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina and colleagues.

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